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Mar 19, 2013 7:00pm PDT
daiichi have not changed and say the system's mechanism that cools the melted fuel in reactors one, two and three has not been affected. >>> researchers in japan have come up with a tool that could help people in many countries reduce the risk of a leading cause of death. they've created a formula to calculate the chances of having a stroke. all people have to do is answer seven questions. fujita health university professor hiroshi yatsuya and his colleagues studied 15,000 men and women across japan. they looked at their daily habits and health data. then they came up with seven factors linked to strokes, such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, and blood pressure. using these factors, people in their 40s to 60s can determine the possibility they'll have a stroke in the next decade. they can also find out the condition of their blood vessels. for example, a 50-year-old diabetic male smoker with other health problems faces a risk of 12% to 15% and he has the blood vessels of an 85-year-old. professor yatsuya says he hopes the formula will encourage people to improve their lifestyles. >>> anot
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Mar 1, 2013 7:00pm PST
counter the country's past but the prime minister says things are are changing. >> translator: joining the new production system will help secure the stable purchase of this jet. >> reporter: his chief cabinet secretary said the change will benefit japan in many ways. >> translator: the participation in the production of the f-35 will nurture, maintain and enhance the technological expertise in defense equipment production. therefore, it will greatly contribute to japan's defense. >> reporter: japanese lawmakers brought in something called the three principles on arms exports in the 1960s. they essentially banned weapons exports to communist bloc nations, countries subjected to arms export embargoes under u.n. security council resolutions, and countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts. exporting arms parts or technology to make arms was also in principle prohibited. some exceptions were made over the years for the united states. in 2011, prime minister yoshihiko noda effectively relaxed the three principles. he allowed the joint development and transfer
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Feb 28, 2013 7:00pm PST
excludes fresh food prices which can change rapidly. the overall drop offsets a rise in energy charges such as for electricity and gasoline and largely attributed to falling prices of household appliances as well as air fares and overseas tours. ov over in the united states democrats and republicans have failed to find middle ground. the budget cuts around $85 billion are likely to kick in on friday. plans by both democrats and republicans for ways around the cuts were rejected on thursday at the senate. senate democratic leader harry reid criticized republicans. he said they are trying to protect the interest of the wealthy. >> want to close tax loopholes and ask millionaires to pay a little more. >> the president talks about closing loopholes but only as a solution to fund more government spending. >> republican house speaker john boehner reiterated his party's stance that they will not compromise unless the governments and democrats drop their call for tax hikes. the cuts will not immediately affect people's lives but they could weigh on airport, education and welfare. obama is set
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Mar 21, 2013 5:00pm PDT
december prompted the changes. she died later of her injuries. she was 23 years old. indians have been demanding more protection for women after a number of other sex crimes. they say police are not doing enough to catch those responsible. officials have instructed the operator of the fukushima plant to install more backup power. employees struggled for more than a day. >> reporter: we told them to supply multiple power sources and implement other efforts as quickly as possible to restore public confidence in the safety of the plan. the handling has greatly damaged public trust. >> tepco officials failed to report the problem promptly. they ordered them to improve their risk management. it took crews more than day to restore power to all the cooling systems. >>> march 20th anniversary. iraqi leaders remain confidence that renewed oil production will help pave the way for prosperity. they are already investing more in the region to meet growing energy demand around the world. >> reporter: the ground beneath the deserts of southern iraq hold some of the world's largest untapped oil
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Mar 22, 2013 7:00pm PDT
change their plan and decide to move the base outside of okinawa. it would be the best and quickest way to settle the issue. my view remains unchanged. >> they will decide in the next eight months whether to approve the application after more inspections and hearings are held. >>> prime minister shinzo abe promise barack obama last month he would see to the quick relocation of the air station. >>> a group of victims of one of the biggest food poisoning cases ever in japan has received some disappointing news. they've been trying to get compensation but a court in western japan says too many years have passed since the poisoning occurred. nhk world has the story. >> reporter: this woman has suffered from asthma and joint pain for more than four decades. she's 59 years old. she's asked us to hide her identity. she's one of dozens of plaintiffs in a case against a japanese company. >> translator: the tainted cooking oil ruined all my dreams. i wish i were healthy again. >> reporter: the oil poisoning incident is one of japan's biggest food poisoning cases. it happened at the height of
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Mar 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
figure is due out later this week. the euro, that's also little changed against the yen. the euro against the yen is now changing hands at 121.55-60. and in other markets in the asia pacific, south korea's kospi is trading higher by almost 2/3 of a percent. 2,028. let's see what's going on in australia. the benchmark index is up by 1%. 5,128. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe plans to announce his decision late next week to join the talks for a free trade deal under the transpacific partnership. >> translator: i will pursue what's best for japan. following talks last month with u.s. president barack obama. i will make the final decision. after taking into account our discussions with the u.s. and those within my liberal democratic party. >> abe said progress is under way in preliminary talks. that's on issues related to the automotive and insurance sectors, two areas of concern for the u.s. on autos the plan is for the u.s. to gradually remove tariffs on imported japanese cars. another option being considered is for japan to accept more american vehicles through simpler custo
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Mar 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
japanese government beginning steps to implement major changes after decades of inflation. concerns are coming from europe and affecting global markets. let's see how we're opening up here. the markets this time yesterday got a big boost. we did see the euro surge. the relief seems to be short lived as we're seeing in the opening lels. the rescue deal for cyprus could serve as a template for other european countries with strug e struggling banks. that comment really heightens some of the worries in global markets that the deal that was made may result in more problems down the road. now a bit of a negative reaction here in tokyo. we also might see which is a bit of a worry is a return to safer assets by investors including the yen. >> many investors watching the yen's movement. the japanese currency has been on a major weakening trend. where do we stand this tuesday morning? >> that's a big focus. you mentioned the moves by prime minister abe. let's look at some of the currency levels here and the pairs today. we've seen some volatility with the euro/yen. if you remember yesterday i
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Mar 11, 2013 7:00pm PDT
prove another headache for park. >>> japanese have paused to remember a day that changed all the days that followed. they stopped on monday for the anniversary of the most powerful earthquake recorded. two years ago a magnitude nine earthquake shook home, offices and neighborhoods. the quake triggered another danger offshore. tsunami waves more than 10 meters high slammed into the coast and brought down buildings all along it. the disasters trigger another inside fukushima. reactors at the nuclear plant melted down. more than 20,000 people were killed or listed as missing. that number includes those who died during or after the evacuation. government figures show that as of last month more than 300,000 people were still living in temporary housing with relatives or in other impermanent situations. authorities plan to bring more than 23,000 public housing units for those that can't build their home. as of last month workers had only compeleted 84. crews have only managed to clean up about 20% of the nearly 180,000 units. >>> prime minister abe has pledged to draw up a reconstruction ro
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Mar 20, 2013 5:00pm PDT
interceptor systems, the state-run television chang its regular programming on wednesday evening to report on the drills. >> korean central television says the country's air force and artillery units proved that they are prepared against any enemy attack. it says veral drones carried out mock attacks targeting ground targets. it also says a missile shot down an object mimicking a low flying u.s. tomahawk cruz missile. kc-tv says kim told the commanders he could issue an attack order at any time if the country's enemies make threatening moves. it quotes him as saying he would give orders to destroy military installations in any war zone and also u.s. bases in the pacific. earlier this month north korea's leadership unilaterally declared that it had nullified the 1953 truce th ended fighting inhe kore war. >>> engineers at japan's fukushima daiichi nuclear plant say an animal could have been to blame for a power failure earlier this week. the partial blackout temporarily disabled equipment that cools thousands of spent nuclear fuel rods. tokyo electric power company traced the cause of the powe
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Mar 6, 2013 7:00pm PST
the euro against the yen that's changing handing against 121.98. taking a look at other markets in the asia pacific. seoul's kospi we will keep track of trade moves for you over the course of the day. >>> u.s. democrats and republicans are seeking ways to prevent the expiring of the provisional budget from adversely affecting people's lives. congress has yet to enact this year's budget due to disagreements between the two parties. the republican controlled house of representatives passed a bill on wednesday to extend the budget until the end of september. it approved a bill that says the part that includes defense spending will be exempt from automatic spending cuts. other items including education and transportation should also be exempt from the cuts. they plan to deliberate related bills next week in the senate where they hold a majority. both parties agree that measures should be taken to prevent the expiration of the professional budget from affecting some administrative services as well as offices excepting insurance applications. toyota motor is reshuffling executives and wi
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Mar 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
whether this will do anything to change north korea's behavior immediately. we've heard some hostile rhetoric over the last few days. to borrow u.s. ambassador rice's words the sanctions are designed to bite hard. for instance, there have been cases reported to the u.n. sanctions committee of north korean agents carrying cash in bulk. the effectiveness will depend on how measures are implemented in each country and to make the sanctions work member nations must cooperate in exchanging information regarding north korea's activities and act upon them. >> thanks very much. >> they threatened t u.s. with a preemptive strike. >> the officials said countermeasures will be necessary if the u.s. does not change what they called its hostile attitude. they accused the u.s. of trying to spark a nuclear war. they said they will exercise their right to a preemptive attack on what they called the headquarters of the aggressors. the aurves officer told the crowd that north korea is ready to fire a nuclear missile at washington, d.c. state run tv broadcast the rally. military personnel and civilians
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Mar 12, 2013 5:00pm PDT
about her change of heart last year. video showed them protesting development of a copper mine. people in the country were eager to see how aung san suu kyi will react. >> translator: i'll do all i can to resolve the issue, but i can't guarantee i'll achieve what you all expect. >> reporter: her neutral remarks indicated she's trying to avoid conflict with the military. she's recently been seen conversing with high-ranking officers in parliament. and reports surfaced last month that she received a large donation from a businessman with close ties to the military. some people are voicing concerns. >> translator: aung san suu kyi should be more careful about her relations with military officials. >> reporter: but a close aide says she has a larger goal in mind. >> our concern is that in 2015, she will be 70, quite old. she can become a president, so we are making a lot of gamble. >> reporter: but getting elected as leader may be difficult. she will face many challenges under the constitution created by the generals. it bars aung san suu kyi from becoming president on the ground t
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Mar 4, 2013 7:00pm PST
of japan at the diet. the dollar against the yen quoted at 93.40 to 45. the euro is little changed against the yen. that pair is being quoted at 121.68 to 75. participants are waiting for possible developments at europe's finance minister's meeting later on tuesday. now let's take a look at the yield on be benchmark tenure. japanese government bonds fell below 0.6%. the yield is at 0.598%. investors are expecting the bank of japan will step up bond buying operations. that's sending the yields lower. let's take a look at the other markets. the kospi is up by .8 of a percent. and in australia the benchmark index is trading higher. recent yen weakness and bad weather in producer countries led to an increase in import prices of material used to make cook oil like soybean, grape seed, olives and sesame seeds. officials say that cooking oil prices will go up between 10 and 15%. prices of olive oil and sesame oil will be raised more than 10%. j oil mills officials have announced similar increases. retailers are expected to raise prices of those items sometime in april or later. prime mini
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Mar 29, 2013 7:00pm PDT
event. tepco president says tepco needs to fundamentally change its approach to safety. >> translator: we believe we don't have the right to operate nuclear plants if we fail to carry out these reforms. >> nuclear experts have spent the past couple years trying to understand exactly what went wrong at fukushima daiichi. the earthquake and tsunami in march 2011 triggered meltdowns in three reactors. nhk has been investigating the chain of events during the accident. we looked at how crews on site used fire engines to inject water to keep one reactor cool and why this plan failed. >> workers at fukushima daiichi faced a station blackout on march 11, 2011, a loss of all backup power. reactor 1 was the first unit to melt down. reactors 3 and 2 followed. during our investigation, we learned that before the meltdown in reactor 3, a battery continued to power the unit's emergency cooling system. engineers with plant operator tokyo electric power company tried different ways to pump water into the unit before the battery died. none worked, so they decided to use fire engines. they manipulated
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Mar 27, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. let's look at the currency levels on the screen. dollar/yen 94.36 to 41. that could change. eu euro/yen 120.62 to 64. two trading days left for there month. we'll be keeping a close eye on the yen and how that affects key blue chip stocks financials as well as real estate shares here. >> thanks for that update. mitsubishi may have identified the cause of a short circuit. the company has suspended production of the vehicle. it had partly melted from overheating. they are warning owners not to recharge the battery. pre-shipment inspections have found metal chips and other objects in the battery. some of the objects may have entered the battery during production and still passed inspection. they plan to increase sales of its plug in hybrid and electric cars. it wants to produce production to more than 20% of out put by the end of thedecade. thcompany willinime the battery fault by quickly identifying the cause. his government is seriously considering the adoption of the bullet train. they plan to build a rapid network across the nation. visiting minister says his government acknow
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Mar 15, 2013 7:00pm PDT
one expert suggests that china's approach to leadership is changing along with the names of the people at the top. >> i think the emerging leadership will be more kind of a group leadership rather than the leadership dominated by a charismatic leader. so i would not differentiate xi jinping and li keqiang. >> reporter: on the political front, the public is intensifying its demands for freedom of expression. there have also been mass protests against pollution, inequality and corruption. former premier wen often called for political reform, but the issue remained on the back burner during his time in office. li must provide a direction to address this pressing issue. however, takagi says that if li tries to push through reforms, he will face an uphill battle. >> whether or not a new administration or a new leadership can implement these reforms is very difficult to tell because there will be a lot of resistance to this. taken in, business leaders within china's communist party might act as the obstacle to the reform because their interests has to be preserved. >> reporter: li wil
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Mar 26, 2013 5:00pm PDT
cholate and hot tea. >> you're welcome. in the second half of the race, the scenery changes. a thick blanket of snow covers the icy sheets. it is less slippery but it's bumpy. more punishment for tired legs. am. >> he is ruggling. >> it's tough. my legs won't move. >> i don't think i can break my record. >> reporter: a little over three hours and the first runners are beginning to cross the finish line. they show a mixture of joy and relief. >> second. >> second. >> you should be happy. >> you are happy. >> reporter: here comes hig iic. he finished in 4 hours 35 minutes. 10 minutes slower than his best record. >> translator: i want to run this race every year. it's a good opportunity to appreciate the greatness that mother nature. >> reporter: the ice is no holiday, a tough event for a tough environment. for these visitors, there is no better way to appreciate the cold beauty of siberia. "nhk world." >> it certainly isn't as cold in tokyo as areas around the lake but people here are wearing their warm jackets today. meteorologist sayaka mori will tell us when things will warm u
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Mar 8, 2013 7:00pm PST
has already changed. no matter what their personal orientation they prefer and they have to adopt a china foreign policy according to the china's new international status. the conflict between china and u.s. will become deepen and widened. so from my understanding china's policy, these potential conflicts, escalating, first. during the cold war, and there's no social contact, no social, economic, cultural contact between u.s. and the soviet union. so from my understanding the chinese government will carry out policy and based on the people's contact to be continued and also preventing military confrontation between china and the u.s. >> reporter: so there you have it. two different chinese academics with two different views of china's new leadership. professor jong as we heard is critical of the government. i was actually quite surprised about how outspoken he was. he blasted government officials for liberally spending public money on expensive meals and travel. and he accused leaders of using the dispute over senkaku islands to divert the public's attention away from domestic issue
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Mar 13, 2013 5:00pm PDT
budgets for next fiscal year but the plans show little change. these are tax hikes for t ch. democrats want a review of tax deductions for the wealthy. they aim to reduce revenue by billions of dollars and cut spending by the same amount. barack obama aims to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over four years. republicans want a cut of $4.6 trillion. they plan to achieve that goal by slashing social security programs and abolishing the health care reform promoted by the president. they're opposing further tax hikes on the rich. the country is running on a provisional budget and there's no sign the two parties can narrow their differences any time soon. president obama said the country's finances will be on sustainable footing for the next ten years. >> we are only do revenue if we gut medicare or gut social security or gut medicaid. if that's the position we're probably not going to get a deal. >> that's the latest this hour. we'll have a check on market figures. >>> dcefense and security firms are competing to win the order. foreign businessmen have starts to invest in iraq encouraged by
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Mar 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
fukushima. a separate system is still working. radiation around fukushima has not changed. >>> disaster management officials in japan havereleased some statistics they know are shocking but they know will help people prepare. damage from an earthquake that's expected to hit any time could reach $2.3 trillion in a worse case scenario. that's more than twice the current budget. it could trigger a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. the probability of it happening in the next 30 years is 70 to 80%. say in the worst case scenario the quake and the resulting issue th iss tsunami would kill more than 300,000 people. damage to housing, businesses and factory could top $1.5 trillion. another $210 billion would have to be spent to repair roads and railways. >> translator: we have taken the worst-case scenario to improve our crisis management. the figures are severe, buwe want the public to understand in a calm manner what would happen if a megaquake occurred. >> officials plan to compile new strategies within a year to minimize possible damages. >>> japanese government officials say north korea has violat
KCSMMHZ
Mar 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
malfunction. >>> tepco's spokespersons say radiation levels around fukushima daiichi have not changed and say the system's mechanism that cools the melted fuel in reactors one, two and three has not been affected. >>> researchers in japan have come up with a tool that could help people in many countries reduce the risk of a leading cause of death. they've created a formula to calculate the chances of having a stroke. all people have to do is answer seven questions. fujita health university professor hiroshi yatsuya and his colleagues studied 15,000 men and women across japan. they looked at their daily habits and health data. then they came up with seven factors linked to strokes, such as smoking, obesity, diabetes, and blood pressure. using these factors, people in their 40s to 60s can determine the possibility they'll have a stroke in the next decade. they can also find out the condition of their blood vessels. for example, a 50-year-old diabetic male smoker with other health problems faces a risk of 12% to 15% and he has the blood vessels of an 85-year-old. professor yatsuya says h
KCSMMHZ
Mar 7, 2013 6:00am PST
in our special series "china, change and challenge." james tengan reports for us. the npc has wrapped up its third day and there are indications the incoming government will be different from those of the past. are you seeing any indications? >> reporter: yes, gene, delegates inside the great hall of the people are talking behind closed doors, but elsewhere in beijing we are seeing signs of how things are already changing under the incoming regime. business as usual in beijing, even with the biggest political event of the year under way. but unlike past years, you can't tell congress is in session just by looking around. when i was here last november, this area was full of flowers and decorations for the national party congress, but all that pomp and circumstance are gone, except for that red sign over there which says, long live the people and long live the chinese communist party. authorities usually put traffic restrictions in place on the main avenue running across beijing. that made it easier for delegates to get around, but this year those restrictions don't seem to be i
KCSMMHZ
Mar 8, 2013 6:00am PST
. sanction. james tengan is in beijing covering our series china, change and challenge. james, how is the story on the korean peninsula playing occupant there? >> reporter: yes, gene. li keqiang and xi jinping are expected to be confirmed as vice premier and president at next week's national people congress. chinese government officials are trying to show they are doing what they can to keep the peace. a foreign ministry spokesperson appealed to leaders in north and south korea to let cooler heads >>> china is north korea's biggest ally but it too supports the latest u.n. sanction. the country is in the process of a leadership transition. james tengan is in beijing covering developments as part of our series, "china, change and challenge." james, how is the story on the korean peninsula playing out there? >> reporter: yes, gene. xi jinping and li keqiang are expected to be confirmed as china's president and vice premier next week at the national people's congress. it looks like the situation on the korean peninsula will be their first major foreign policy challenge. chinese government off
KCSMMHZ
Mar 1, 2013 6:00am PST
things are changing. >> translator: joining the new production system will help secure the stable purchase of this jet. >> reporter: his chief cabinet secretary said the change will benefit japan in many ways. >> translator: the participation in the production of the f-35 will nurture, maintain and enhance the technological expertise in defense equipment production. therefore, it will greatly contribute to japan's defense. >> reporter: japanese lawmakers brought in something called the three principles on arms experts in the 1960s. they essentially banned weapons exports to communist bloc nations, countries subjected to arms export embargoes under u.n. security council resolutions, and countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts. exporting arms parts or technology to make arms was also in principle prohibited. some exceptions were made over the years for the united states. in 2011, prime minister yoshihiko noda effectively relaxed the three principles and allowed the joint development and transfer of equipment under certain conditions. then last april
KCSMMHZ
Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
that china's approach to leadership is changing along with the names of the people at the top. >> i think the emerging leadership will be more group leadership, rather than the leadership dominated by a charismatic leader. so i would not differentiate xi jinping and li keqiang. >> reporter: on the political front, the public is intense its demands for freedom of expression. there have also been mass protests against pollution, inequality and corruption. former premier wen often called for political reform, but the issue remained on the back burner during his time in office. li must provide a direction to address this pressing issue. however, he says that if li tries to push through reforms, he will face an uphill battle. >> whether or not a new administration or a new leadership can implement these reforms is very difficult to tell because there will be a lot of resistance to this. business leaders within china's communist party might act as the obstacle to the reform because their interest has to be preserved. >> reporter: li will also assume the role of china's chief negotiator wi
KCSMMHZ
Mar 5, 2013 6:00am PST
likely become premier. as part of our special series "china change and challenge," james tengan is reporting from beijing. james, in addition to these political appointments, delegates are also discussing a range of issues, one made international headlines has been the air pollution. what's the air been like since you arrived? >> reporter: well, it's only my third day here, gene, but i've already seen a huge contrast in the air quality. on monday the sky was blue and the air seemed clean but this morning it was hazy and i could actually taste the pollution. you know, this is one of the most visible side effects of china's rapid development over the past 30 years. a leading chinese specialist in respiratory diseases said last month the air pollution here is more dangerous than sars because nobody can escape it. smothered in soot, a thick haze engulfed beijing just days before the opening of china's most important annual political meetings. swirling around the smog are fine particles called pm2.5. chinese weather officials warned last week that levels of the hazardous pollutants were
KCSMMHZ
Mar 4, 2013 6:00am PST
you insight and analysis all this week in our special series, "china, change and challenge." we report from near the great hall of the people in beijing. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the national people's congress met reporters one day before its opening on tuesday. but she did not announce the country's annual defense budget. that's usually done the day before the congress. >> translator: the defense budget will be announced after discussion and approval by the national people's congress. strengthening of national defense is to protect the nation's safety and peace. not to pose a threat to other countries. >> reporter: china's defense budget has grown by double digits nearly every year for over two decades. monday's announcement drew close attention, observers say china left out the budget that the country's military buildup threatened the international community. the annual congress brings together about 3,000 people, provincial leaders, legal officials and military observers gather to hear speeches and to cast votes. they will discuss policies and problems the country need
KCSMMHZ
Mar 29, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >>> the territorial disput >>> the operators of fukushima daiichi are changing how they operate. they will make safety and disaster preparedness their top priorities. tepco officials say they should not have blaminged the accident on natural causes because the tsunami was difficult to predict. they go on to say the meltdowns had been preventable if they had been better prepared for the event. they say they need to be better focused on safety. >> . >>> nuclear experts have spent the past couple years trying to understand exactly what went wrong at fukushima daiichi. the march 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggers melt downs in three reactors. we look at how crews on sight used fire engines to keep one reactor school, and why this failed. >> workers faced a station blackout on march 11, 2011. a loss of all back up power. reactor one was the first unit to melt down. reactors three and two followed. during our investigation, we learned that before the melt down in reactor three, a battery continued to power the units emergency cooling system. engineers tried different ways to pump water in
KCSMMHZ
Mar 27, 2013 6:00am PDT
made a spring of threats in recent days. if they change their attitude, they will be rewarded with humanitarian aide. they say the president wants to build trust by promoting dialogue and aid. he says if pak puts her principles to action, he'll pledge his support. mplts state television in china released video of a partially burned fishing boat, a chinese vessel allegedly attacks in waters near a group of disputed islands. chinese officials accuse the vietnamese of fabricating the incident. broadcaster vtv showed what it called the charred remains of the ship's cabin. the crew was unharmed. vietnamese government authorities say the dispute happened about a week ago near the parasol islands in the south china sea. they say five shots were fired at the boat causing the cabin to quote fire. a navy official says "the chinese crew fired two warning flares into the air. they never hit the boat." this comes ahead of a summit of asean nations in april. they're expected to discuss the territorial disputes in the south china sea. other asean members have conflicted claims with china or each
KCSMMHZ
Mar 25, 2013 6:00am PDT
retired when he lost, so no professional player has lost to a computer. but that could well change with a competition under way now. nhk world reports. >> reporter: shogi players face an endless amount of choices on every move. the game has turned to the tenth power more patterns than chess. shogi shares the same roots as chess. they both come from an indian game that arose in the sixth century. the biggest difference between shogi and other variants is the drop rule. captured pieces can be returned to the board to be reused as one's own. some of the game's top players are testing their abilities against computers. he is just 18 years old. he lined up against a developer. and his program. amateur developers such as takiushi and professionals from universities and corporations have been fine-tuning their software. they compete in annual world championships. the top five developers got to enter their software in this competition. takeushi and others sat down in the morning. his computer checked more than 10 million moves per second. hour after hour. gradually, he gained the upper hand. fi
KCSMMHZ
Mar 13, 2013 6:00am PDT
, executives say they want to be sure things will be stable down the road. before they change their approach to pay. nhk world, tokyo. >>> negotiators for a free trade deal under the transpacific partnership noted progress in their talks and aim to conclude them by the end of this year. they mentioned in japan joins, its participation should not delay the negotiations. japan's prime minister shinzo abe could announce on friday this country's intention to join the tpp talks. delegates from 11 pacific rim countries including the united states and australia wrapped up their 16th round of working level talks in singapore on wednesday. >> the negotiating teams made sol progress in bridging gaps in a number of areas. >> while refraining from revealing details, she said some challenging areas remain, including intellectual property and environmental issues. on the possibility of japan joining talks, the singaporean representative said member nations hope that new participating nations will keep up the good momentum which has been created throughout the negotiations. the next working level
KCSMMHZ
Mar 26, 2013 6:00am PDT
shareholder meetings. they're concerned that the decision to launch the bid could change the lists on the stock exchange. they say their kpaer's corporco corporate value could be hurt. the holding president told a news conference that they lack mid and long-term visions in making proposals and demands. he said he wants to call on s u serbus for talks. here are the latest market figures. >>> as thailand's economy continues it's impressive growth, so too does it's citizens spending pour. eager to capitalize on that newfound high disposable income, more overseas companies are looking to the country for expansion. nhk world looks at the new demand, and how it plays out in the world of thai tv shopping. >> reporter: the south korean tv shopping companies launched a channel in thailand last fall. >> translator: this product spares you the trouble of doing deep cleaning. >> translator: today we'll show you an incredible south korean vacuum cleaner. >> reporter: the expansion to seven countries, including china, india and vietnam. tackling emerging economies. sales are building every year. over 2
KCSMMHZ
Mar 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
local officials they better change their plan and move it outside of okinawa. my view remains unchanged. >> they will decide in the next eight months to whether to approve the application. prime minister shinzo abe promised president barack obama last month he would see to the quick relocation. here are the latest market figures. >>> a group of victims of one of the biggest food poiseenning cases ever in japan have received disapointing news. they have been trying to get compensation, but too many years have passed since the poisoning occurred. >> this woman has suffered from asthma and joint pain for several decades. she is a plaintiff in a case against a japanese company. >> translator: the taints cooking oil ruined all my dreams. >> it is one of the biggest food poisoning cases. a company produced cooking oil in the 1960s. the oil was tainted with toxic substances, including with pcps. symptoms of this vary and take time to pinpoint. thousands of people complained of health problems. from skin disorders to numbness in their limbs. >> a woman here says she took a test three
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Mar 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
plates contains liver cells. a drug under development is added, and a few days later changes in its character are measured. red shows the change of drug in the liver. researchers carry out extensive tests with varying levels of the drug. liver cells derived from ips cells allow large-scale tests at equal quality. as new drugs are developed from ips cells, hopes are high for progress with alzheimer's. two neurons are said to be important to finding the cure to the disease. by implanting the genes that cause alzheimer's into ips cells, the company was able to mass produce one of the neurons last year. and with good prospects for production, they say that the other neuron will be commercialized soon. when the two neurons become ready for use, the study of alzheimer's cures may see rapid progress. >> translator: until now, there's been no model to search for sure. we've made a ground breaking cure to develop new drugs. >> there's a possibility that ips cell will significantly change the state of new development. that's good news for people suffering from various diseases. >>> fatal hail
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Mar 12, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >> north korea will have to change course. otherwise the united states will continue to work with its allies and partners to tighten national/international sanctions. >> the sanctions will block the foreign trade bank of north korea from engaging in transactions with u.s. financial institutions. members of president barack obama's administration also placed restrictions on four senior officials of the korean workers party. they're expected to ask their allies in japan, south korea, and other countries to take similar measures. some members of congress are urging the president to review his north korea policy. obama is expected to ask officials in beijing to use their influence in dealing with pyongyang. >>> japanese researchers have claimed the world's first in the field of alternative energy. they've successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrate that lies in the sea bed. officials with the natural resources and energy say engineers extracted the gas from the frozen substance earlier tuesday. they've been drilling for methane hydrate hundreds of meters below japan's central
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Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
cities as well. >>> they approved a new president and premier, a once in a decade change of leadership. mitchitaka yamaka reports. >> translator: china's dream must be realized with the power of a united people. that's the dream of each and every chinese. >> reporter: xi used the phrase "china's dream" nine times in the speech. at the end of the congress. the new president pledged efforts to improve people's lives and lead a national renaissance. a strong china is part of that dream. a point driven home by the incoming premier. he spoke to the media saying china will maintain its uncompromising strength of sovereignty and territorial rights. >> translator: china is firmly determined to follow the path of peaceful development. at the same time, china's position of defending its sovereignty and territory is unwavering. china will never bend these two principles. >> reporter: one of the new leaders did not speak, but his appointment has attracted much attention. he is vice president li yuanchao. li was a close aide to former president hu jintao. both men rose to power through t
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